SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) scored a game-high 21 points to lead five Quinnipiac starters in double figures as the Bobcats women's basketball team defeated Bryant, 81-67, Monday night at the Chace Athletic Center. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 13-14 (10-6 NEC) and take a season sweep of the Bulldogs. Bryant falls to 8-19 (5-11 NEC).
Kari Goodchild (Van Horne, Iowa) (16), Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) (16), Brittany McQuain (Independence, Mo.) (15) and Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) (10) joined Barron in double-figure scoring. McQuain completed her fifth double-double of her freshman season with 14 rebounds. Barron also added five steals.
Meredith Soper had a team-high 16 points for Bryant, while Courtney Schissler (14) and Siamone Bennett (11) also finished in double figures for the Bulldogs. Naana Ankoma-Mensa chipped in seven points and a team-high 11 rebounds.
After the Bulldogs scored four of the first six points of the game, Quinnipiac took its first lead, 5-4, on a Goodchild free throw at the 18:28 mark. A 10-0 Quinnipiac run made it 23-11 at the 11:27 mark, before Bryant came all the way back to tie it, 30-30, at the 4:50 mark on two Ankoma-Mensa free throws. But a Barron three-pointer at the 4:31 mark of the first half gave the Bobcats the lead for good. Quinnipiac scored the 13 of the final 19 points to end the half and take a 43-36 lead into halftime.
The Bobcats shot 60 percent (18-30) in the first half. Barron led the Bobcats with 15 points, including 2-for-2 shooting from long range. McQuain also contributed nine points and a team-high six rebounds, while Kaminski connected on all four of her field-goal attempts for eight points before being relegated to the bench with foul trouble after six minutes. Schissler led Bryant with 11 points in the first half, while Bennett had nine. Ankoma-Mensa added seven points and seven rebounds for Bryant.
The Bobcats upped the lead to as many as 15 points by the 6:48 mark of the second half on a Shelby Sferra (LaGrangeville, N.Y.) free throw. 24 of the Bobcats' 38 second-half points came from the free-throw line, where Quinnipiac shot 80 percent (24-30).
For the game, Quinnipiac outshot Bryant, 46.3 percent (25-54) to 44.0 percent (22-50) from the floor and 70.7 percent (29-41) to 62.1 percent (18-29) from the free-throw line. Quinnipiac outrebounded Bryant, 38-32. The Bulldogs took a 41.7 percent (5-12) to 40.0 percent (2-5) edge from long range.
The Bobcats return to action Saturday, when they play host to Fairleigh Dickinson. Opening tip is scheduled for noon at the TD Bank Sports Center. Prior to the game, the Bobcats will honor the team's seniors as part of Senior Day.